The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Whatever the other considerations, the players have themselves probably realised it’s best to work towards a compromise right now, instead of being party to a bigger controversy in the build-up to the February-March World Cup.

Also, with the series 1-1 and the decider at The Oval less than 10 days away (from September 5), the cricketers want the present “uncertainty” to end. After all, the terms issue has become “pretty draining”.

Significantly, as the players are firm on not signing the terms in its current form, the crisis won’t be over in the next few days. After all, the BCCI will have to interact with the ICC and the sport’s governing body will have to initiate a review — if at all.

Assuming the cricketers get fresh terms, they will first refer that document to a lawyer. It could well be the same gentleman who drafted their rather stinging public statement last Monday.

Moreover, when the terms imbroglio is resolved, the players will seek the BCCI’s blessings for a cricketers’ body. And, then, engage in “discussions” over revenue sharing. The latter arrangement is already in place in some countries.

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